I had a chance to ask a few questions to one of those lovely student-athletes who plays softball at North Torrance High School, Kyndra Marzorini (aka Toots). I wanted to hear first hand what types of things our high school student-athletes are facing in today's world.
Q // What does being a softball player mean to you?
My life revolves around softball every day... there's always something to do: pitching lessons, practice, workouts... it gives me life. Softball teaches me lessons and to have confidence on and off the field.
Q // What lessons has softball taught you about life?
That you have to put in work in order to achieve your goals... they're not just achieved magically. The only way to get better is to practice, practice, practice. You can make mistakes, but it's okay because you learn from them- mistakes only make you better!
Q // How has softball affected your studies in school?
Playing softball has made it harder to do homework. I had to figure out how to manage my time and make it work. I miss 5th period to go to games, so I have to go to class during lunch to get the work from my teacher. Since my teacher is not there to teach me, I have to learn to teach myself.
Q // What are you looking forward to the most while searching for the right college?
I want to find a college I'm comfortable going to, with a good softball program, nice coaches and great teammates!
Demands can be high even before student-athletes hit college! I'm always wondering, in what ways can we (as society) be more supporting of academics?